Buying a gift for your child’s teacher as a small token of your appreciation for their dedication to your child’s education is something many parents have on their to-do lists this Christmas. However, it’s incredibly difficult to buy a gift that’s thoughtful, yet not too personal, affordable, but not too cheap, for someone you don’t know beyond a wave in the morning as you drop the kids at school.
A survey conducted by Group Together may have solved all your problems. The survey found that 76 per cent of adults believe teachers deserve a gift, and that inn 2017 the average amount spent on a teacher’s gift per child was $25. However, if the class presented a single gift to the teacher as a group, the total spend of the group was $485 per teacher.
The survey asked 250 teachers what they did and didn’t want for Christmas, and while they largely responded that they didn’t expect any gifts from their students, the surveyed teachers did say a card with some thoughtful words was always appreciated. However, when really pressed about what they did and didn’t want as gifts from their students, this as their response.
Teachers’ favourite group gifts
- Heartfelt Card from the student
- Let the Teacher choose with gift cards
- Gold Class Movie Tickets
- Experiential Gift (e.g., bridge climb)
- Classroom gift (ask Teacher first)
Teachers really don’t want
- Scented candles
- Chocolates or food items because of dietary restrictions and expiry dates.
- Toiletries such as hand cream, soaps, perfume.
- Pot plants
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